Weekly Aggie Update
Jan. 18, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 18, 2009
Utah State's men's basketball team (17-1, 5-0) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at San Jose State (8-8, 2-3) on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Hawai'i (9-8, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. (MT). The game against the Rainbow Warriors will be televised live on KJZZ-TV. USU is 40-21 all-time against the Spartans, which includes a 10-11 record on the road. The Aggies are also 6-4 all-time against Hawai'i, including an 0-3 road record.
Utah State went 2-0 last week with Western Athletic Conference wins against Fresno State (65-61) and Boise State (79-65) at home. Against the Bulldogs, junior guard Jared Quayle scored a team-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Tai Wesley added 11 points, three steals and three rebounds, and senior forward Gary Wilkinson had 10 points and three assists. Fresno State was led by Sylvester Seay who had game-highs with 32 points and nine rebounds. USU finished the game by shooting 46.2 percent from the field (24-52), 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15), and was a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line. FSU made 47.1 percent of its field goals (24-51) and 88.9 percent of its free throws (8-9), but was just 5-of-15 (.333) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs did out-rebounded USU, 28-27, but the Aggies had five more assists (16-11) and three fewer turnovers (9-6). Against the Broncos, Wesley scored a season-high 26 points and added a career-high five steals, not to mention recording a team-high eight rebounds to go along with four assists in 34 minutes. Quayle added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for the home team, while Wilkinson finished with 10 points. Boise State was led by Ike Okoye's 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. USU shot 50.0 percent overall (26-52), including 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16), and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (21-27). The Broncos ended the game by shooting 44.0 percent (22-50) from the field, 35.7 percent from behind the arc (5-14), and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe (16-20). USU out-rebounded BSU, 31-29, had one more assist (18-17), and four fewer turnovers (13-9). On the season, Utah State is averaging 73.6 points and shooting 51.6 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three-point range, and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies are led by Wilkinson who is averaging 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 83.8 percent from the free throw line.
Utah State's women's basketball team (8-10, 2-3) continues Western Athletic Conference action this weekend with a pair of road games at San Jose State (2-14, 1-2) on Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m., and at Hawai'i (3-14, 0-4) on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 3-4 all-time against the Spartans and 4-6 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine.
Utah State went 1-1 last week as it lost to Nevada, 56-49, and then defeated Boise State, 58-44, at home. Against the Wolf Pack, USU was led by senior guards Ana Pares and Danyelle Snelgro with 11 points each. Dellena Criner paced the Wolf Pack with 22 points. USU shot just 33.3 percent from the field (17-51), and 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13). UNR finished the game by shooting 42.3 percent overall (22-52), despite going 0-of-4 from behind the arc. Both teams also attempted 16 free throws as Nevada made 12 and Utah State 11. The difference in the game was on the boards, as the Wolf Pack out-rebounded the Aggies, 39-28. Against the Broncos, Pares scored a game-high 20 points and added four steals. BSU was led by Courtney VanBrocklin's 14 points. Utah State shot 38.9 percent in the game (21-54) and limited the Broncos to just 33.3 percent shooting (19-57). USU also made 50.0 percent of its three-pointers (7-14), while BSU was just 2-of-12 (.167) from three-point range. On the season, USU is averaging 57.1 points and shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from three-point range, and 61.9 percent from the free throw line. Individually, Pares leads the team with 13.7 points per game.
Utah State's gymnastics team (0-2) will return to action on Monday, Jan. 26 when it competes at Southern Utah (0-1) in its first Western Athletic Conference meet of the season.
Utah State suffered a 193.025-190.800 loss to Central Michigan Friday in the Aggies' 2009 home opener. Sophomore Nicole Simoneau was Utah State's only event champion, winning the bars with a 9.875, just shy of her career-best of 9.900. Classmate Lyndsie Boone was the Aggies' top all-arounder, scoring a 38.600, also just 0.025 off of her career-high. The Aggies scored a 48.100 on vault, a 48.175 on bars, a 47.075 on beam and a 47.450 on floor for the final score of 190.800, improving on all four events and total team score from the 187.150 last Saturday at Kentucky.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will travel to Boise, Idaho this weekend to compete in the Blue and Orange Invitational hosted by Boise State University.
Sophomore pole vaulter Sonia Grabowska's school and facility record highlighted a great outing by the Utah State track & field teams at the USU Wilson Motor Invitational Saturday at the USU Nelson Fieldhouse, in the Aggies' lone indoor home meet of the season. Grabowska cleared the bar at 13-9.50 (4.20m), an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, as well as smashing the previous school and Nelson Fieldhouse record of 13-0.25 (3.97m) by Kathryn Duhadway in 2006. The 13-9.50 currently ties her for the top mark in the NCAA this season with Katie Stripling of Arkansas. A native of Warsaw, Poland, Grabowska also qualifies for the European Under-23 Track & Field Championships, as well as tying for the second-best mark by a Polish pole vaulter and her mark is now tied for the 15th-best in the world this season. Grabowska led a 1-2-3 finish by the Aggies in the event, as senior Kaylene Gastaldi was second with a 12-5.75 (3.80m), and junior Kirstin Flesher was third with 11-6.00 (3.50m). Eight of 13 women's events were won by Utah State, while on the men's side, the Aggies had seven winners in 12 events. In addition to Grabowska, Gensel also highlighted the performances of senior Krista Larson, junior Ashlee Cannon and freshman Spela Hus for the women as well as junior Dylan Nielsen, sophomore Clint Silcock and freshman Bryce Hall on the men's side. Larson won the weight throw with a career-best mark of 59-4 (18.08m), while Hus won the shot put with a 46-1.25 (14.05m) mark as well as finishing sixth in the weight throw with a distance of 46-8.75 (14.24m). Cannon won the 60 meter hurdles with an 8.81 time after a personal-best time of 8.64 in the preliminaries, which is also the best in the Western Athletic Conference so far this season. Silcock had an NCAA provisional mark of 7-0.50 (2.14m) in winning the high jump. Nielsen matched Cannon with a first-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, clocking a personal-best 8.10. Hall was a two-event winner, taking top honors in the shot put with a mark of 55-3.00 (16.84m) and in the weight throw on a 53-1.25 (16.18m) distance. Other event winners for Utah State included junior Jennifer Day in the 400 meters (59.36), freshman Jessie Chugg in the mile run (5:19.23), senior Tara Pickett in the high jump (5-6, 1.67m), and the 4x400 meter relay team of Day, sophomore Camille Fehlberg, sophomore Heidi Hopkins and sophomore Katelyn Jensen (3:54.77). The other Aggie men's winners included freshman Zack Hevner in the 400 meters (50.29) and sophomore James Allred in the 800 meters (1:56.17).
Utah State's men's tennis team (0-2) will continue its 2009 spring season on Monday, Jan. 19 in a dual meet at Utah at 11 a.m.
Utah State's men's tennis team dropped its first two matches of the 2009 season with a 7-0 loss at No. 70 Brigham Young, followed by a 5-2 home loss against Eastern Washington. Against the Eagles, senior Mike Banks and freshman Jordan Barlow claimed singles victories as Banks won at number four singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, and Barlow won at number six singles in a quick, 6-1, 6-1 match. At number one singles, sophomore Jakob Asplund battled hard but fell, 7-6, 7-6, to EWU's Kyle Schraeder. In doubles play, juniors Amit Maharaj and Alex Thatchet notched an 8-5 win for Utah State at the No. 2 spot, but Eastern Washington won the doubles point as Schraeder and Nico Riego de Dios defeated Asplund and sophomore Bryan Marchant, 8-6, and David Pez and Kevin Anderson posted a 9-8 win against Banks and Barlow at the number three spot.
Utah State's women's tennis team will begin its 2009 spring season on Thursday, Jan. 22 in a dual match at Idaho State at 1:30 p.m. Utah State played in three open tournaments during the fall and sophomore Hailey Swenson led the team with a 3-1 record in singles competition. Other Aggies to compete during the fall included senior Bridgette Strickland, juniors Cady Andelin, Marie Livingston and Britney Watts, sophomores Jennifer Johnson and Taylor Perry, and freshmen Monica Abella Calleja and Carla Limon.